Round 2: Community Music Jam returns to Center stage |

Round 2: Community Music Jam returns to Center stage

Community Music Jam, a free open session mentorship program
Submitted by John Taber | Submitted photo by John Taber


WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Community Music Jam - Round 2

WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 5 through Oct. 14

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley


INFO:, 530-274-8384

The Center for the Arts Community Music Jam — a free, open mentorship program with 10 weekly sessions where local professional musician mentors will guide participants in playing keyboards, guitars, percussion and vocals — resumes Monday.

In March, the Center launched its first Community Music Jam. The program proved to be a huge success with more than 60 aspiring musicians joining in the 10-week run.

“The musician mentors took a lot of pride in guiding people in singing and playing instruments and being part of a cohesive group on the main stage,” said mentor Lorraine Gervais. “We played everything from country to pop, and it was a real band. People took solos and sang who had never done that before.”

Round two will include music by Johnny Cash, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Mamas & The Papas and the Eagles.

These fun and interactive sessions are for people who have at least a basic knowledge of an instrument, but no prior experience is needed if you want to sing or play percussion. This is a chance to experience the joy of playing and making music with a group, to develop new connections with like-minded folks, hang out with pros and just have a good time.

Leading these structured “jam sessions” is a team of local professional musicians: Lorraine Gervais (program coordinator), Kelly Fleming, Tony Unger, Craig Thomas, Jen Knapp and Ty Smith. They all have years of professional experience performing both locally and nationally in many different musical genres and venues.

The Center’s primary goal is to build community through the arts: We believe that the arts are fundamental and that every person should have access, according to the Center’s mission statement.

“The reality is that for many in our county, engaging in the arts is either beyond their economic reach or intimidating to take that first step. By offering programs that are accessible, free and fun, we hope to engage those who have not had exposure to the creative process. Our focus with the Community Music Jam is on providing a new program for the under-served,” according to http://

Monday’s Community Music Jam begins at 6:30 p.m. This round will run through Oct. 14. For information, go to http://

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User